Large crowds on a sunny and windy morning in Gent welcomed the 71st edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which has been won by Greg Van Avermat (BMC).
It was a day of misfortune for ORICA-GreenEDGE, which saw local Belgian rider Jens Keukeleire suffer a mechanical with 59 kilometres to go as he was forced to take a wheel from teammate Alexander Edmondson. Mathew Hayman was involved in a crash with Phillipe Gilbert (BMC) compounding the team’s misfortunes.
While both Keukeleire and Edmondson were able to finish the race Hayman was rushed to hospital for scans with a broken right radius. It is still to be decided whether surgery will be required.
“It was a really unlucky race for us today, we had riders in excellent positions for most of the race,” explained sports director Laurenzo Lapage.
|1||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) - BMC Racing Team||4:54:12|
|2||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff Team||ST|
|3||Tiesj Benoot (BEL) - Lotto Soudal||ST|
|4||Luke Rowe (GBR) - Team Sky||ST|
|5||Alexis Gougeard (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:00:05|
|6||Jens Debusschere (BEL) - Lotto Soudal||0:00:09|
|7||Adrien Petit (FRE) - Direct Energie||0:00:09|
|8||Edward Theuns (BEL) - Trek-Segafredo||0:00:09|
|9||Jasper Stuyven (BEL) - Trek-Segafredo||0:00:09|
|10||Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA) - FDJ||0:00:09|
|69||Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:04:41|
|79||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:04:41|
|116||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:31|
|126||Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:31|
|129||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:31|
|133||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:31|